Monday, May 21, 2012

Today's Briefs

Here are a couple interesting, but short, items from the  May 17, 1862 Covington Journal 

The first one is sort of a Civil War version of Dewey Defeats Truman though it would come true almost three years later.


Richmond
It is reported that the evacuation of Richmond is going on, and fears are expressed that the city will be burnt on the approach of the Federal forces

This next articles mentions the gunboat Cincinnati, which I had mentioned in this entry. (I see my formatting on that entry was not very good, with the spacing between paragraphs. Hopefully I have gotten better at that.)

Gun-boat Fight
On Saturday the 10th inst., there was a sharp engagement between the Federal and rebel gunboats, near Fort Pillow, on the Mississippi. The Rebels made the attack. The Federal boats Cincinnati and Mound City were run into and sunk. The Mound City has since been raised, and it is supposed the Cincinnati will be. The casualties on the Federal boats are reported at 1 killed, 3 wounded. The Rebels state their loss at 2 killed, 8 slightly wounded - boats uninjured.


Runaway
Was committed to me, as Jailer of Kenton county, on the 6th day of May, 1862, by John A.Goodson, Mayor of the city of Covington, Ky., a man of color, calling himself Nelson Dollins, who says  he is from Nashville, Tenn.  Said man is about 27 or 28 y ears of age, weighs 150 pounds, about 5 feet 7 inches high, of copper color, with a small scar on the left cheek. The owner of said boy is requested to come forward, prove property, pay charges, and take him away. Given under my hand this 6th day of May, 1862.
A. H. Herod, Jailer Kenton county, Ky.

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